Property taxes

What to Know Before Analyzing the State Budget

January 20, 2008. This brief provides information about the state’s economy, its finances, and three policy issues (property taxes, economic development and economic security) that are sure to receive significant attention during this year’s budget debates. It also touches on the federal stimulus package now being debated in Washington, and how that package may help or hurt in the balancing of the state budget.… (read more)

New York State’s Economic and Budget Outlook for 2008-2009

January 15, 2008. Economic and fiscal context for the 2008-2009 Executive Budget, including an analysis of the property tax crisis and alternative property tax relief mechanisms. Briefing book >>(read more)

Testimony of Frank Mauro before the NYS Division of the Budget Public Hearing on Property Taxes

December 13, 2007. This testimony describes the special problems faced by New York localities with relatively weak tax bases compared to their needs. To a large extent, state fiscal policies have caused great pressure on property taxes in needy cities, counties and school districts, including decisions: to reduce revenue sharing; to decrease the share of local school budgets covered by state aid, to divide the non-federal share of Medicaid costs without considering ability to pay, and to allocate STAR benefits … (read more)

Testimony of Frank Mauro before the NYS Assembly Standing Committee on Real Property Taxation

December 5, 2007. Using data from the American Community Survey, FPI estimates the cost, number of beneficiaries and average benefits of the circuit breaker credit, as proposed (Galef/Little A.1575/S.1053) and with several modifications. Read the testimony >>(read more)

Property Taxes on Long Island: Zeroing in on the Problems and Solutions

October 15, 2007. This report takes a fresh look at the property tax “crisis” and finds that: flawed evaluations have resulted in flawed solutions, taxpayers in poorer districts struggle the most, and voters in wealthy districts choose to pay for high quality schools while voters in poorer districts have a much higher rate of rejecting school budgets. Two oft-touted reforms have a negative impact on local control and school equity; circuit breaker reform in contrast can be well targeted to … (read more)

State needs to address the upstate tax burden

January 25, 2007. An op ed by James Parrott. Albany Times Union.(read more)

How to Reduce the Pressure on the Property Tax and Ease the Fiscal Burden on Struggling Local Governments

January 10, 2007. The four-part plan supported by FPI: implement a statewide solution to CFE; increase state’s share of Medicaid and base counties’ shares on ability to pay; restore commitment to revenue sharing; and eliminate the significant disparities in the STAR program. Prepared for the Center on Governmental Research conference on reforming property taxes in New York.… (read more)

State Policies and Their Impact on Local Property Tax Rates, with a Critique of the STAR Program

July 7, 2006. An excerpt from FPI’s 2006-2007 budget briefing book. Read the brief >>(read more)

New York State’s Dual Crises: Low Graduation Rates and Rising School Taxes

May 18, 2006. A new report issued by the Public Policy and Education Fund of New York with the assistance of the Fiscal Policy Institute.… (read more)

Fair Taxes: The Key to Better Schools

Fall 2005. A training curriculum prepared by the Public Policy and Education Fund of New York and the Fiscal Policy Institute.… (read more)